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    Re: Durbin not sure if bloggers should be ‘entitled to constitutional protection’ [VI

    Durbin has always been a weasel, which seems common in the state of Illinois.
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    Re: Durbin not sure if bloggers should be ‘entitled to constitutional protection’ [VI

    Good grief. Freedom of the Press refers to the right to print/publish/distribute information. It applies to EVERYONE.

    Any "Media Shield Law" that attempts to provide certain additional protections to one group of citizens but not others is at the very least unwise and I would hope unconstitutional.

    I don't care if the information comes from an article in the NYT, an evening news broadcast, a blog, a tweet, or sign at a lemonade stand. If two people divulge the same information, there is no reason to treat them differently under the law.

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    Re: Durbin not sure if bloggers should be ‘entitled to constitutional protection’ [VI

    Durbin, in typical Democratic fashion, glosses over the question posed to him and, instead talks about that which interests him...the ability to pick and choose to whom the First Amendment applies.

    It really disturbs me to agree with or like anything tererun says, but in this case she is correct. The government should never have the power to decide who is allowed First Amendment privileges. The Constitution applies to ALL American citizens.
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    Re: Durbin not sure if bloggers should be ‘entitled to constitutional protection’ [VI

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Durbin has always been a weasel, which seems common in the state of Illinois.
    Man, you've got that right! You show me an honest, level headed politician with integrity in Illinois and I'll show you an unsuccessful Illinois politician. Been that way since 1876.
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    Re: Durbin not sure if bloggers should be ‘entitled to constitutional protection’ [VI

    One has to wonder just how many here denouncing Durbin also denounced wikileaks and that they are not considered worthy of protection of the 1st amendment.....
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    Re: Durbin not sure if bloggers should be ‘entitled to constitutional protection’ [VI

    I have no love at all for Durbin, but it's a legitimate question. This wouldn't affect constitutional protections which every citizen if entitled to, but law made by congress to specifically augment the constitution where it comes to the press. It's perfectly legitimate to define what the "Press" is. I too am unsure laws designed to protect press should also cover bloggers.

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    Re: Durbin not sure if bloggers should be ‘entitled to constitutional protection’ [VI

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    I have no love at all for Durbin, but it's a legitimate question. This wouldn't affect constitutional protections which every citizen if entitled to, but law made by congress to specifically augment the constitution where it comes to the press. It's perfectly legitimate to define what the "Press" is. I too am unsure laws designed to protect press should also cover bloggers.
    We don't need any law protecting any media. The 1st Amendment already does this.
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    Re: Durbin not sure if bloggers should be ‘entitled to constitutional protection’ [VI

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    We don't need any law protecting any media. The 1st Amendment already does this.
    Not so much. There are enhanced protections not in the constitution that we have added by law. The constitution is mum on the naming of sources, and it's not at all covered by the First. This is a feature detailed by law. Much of the media shield law is additonal protection for the press.

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    Re: Durbin not sure if bloggers should be ‘entitled to constitutional protection’ [VI

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    One has to wonder just how many here denouncing Durbin also denounced wikileaks and that they are not considered worthy of protection of the 1st amendment.....
    As far as I know the owner of wikileaks is not...and never has been...a citizen of the United States Of America.
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    Re: Durbin not sure if bloggers should be ‘entitled to constitutional protection’ [VI

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot 88 View Post
    Durbin not sure if bloggers should be considered journalists, protected by law | The Daily Caller

    If freedom of press doesn't protect bloggers, freedom of speech does.
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